For the second year in a row, Centre College has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the No. 1 college or university in the South.
Forbes released its list of the top 10 schools of higher education in the Southern region on Friday. Following Centre on the list are Rice University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Washington and Lee, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Virginia, William and Mary, Rhodes College, and Davidson.
The following states comprise the South as defined by Forbes: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
Centre College President John Roush said he is pleased with the college’s latest high ranking.
“This designation of Centre as the best among all colleges and universities in the South is only the latest in a series of accolades that have begun to come our way regularly in recent years,” he said.
“As my colleagues and friends know, I don't take any of these rankings as gospel, but there is a consistency in this recognition that is hard to ignore.”
Roush said one important characteristic of Centre’s approach to higher education that is widely recognized is that the college “provides personal, transformative educational experience for young men and women that is among the best the nation has to offer.”